from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Sadness over the evils of the world, especially as an expression of romantic pessimism.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Literally, world-pain, or world-woe; weariness of life in general; in particular, a sentimental melancholy or pessimism; Wertherism.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. sadness on thinking about the evils of the world
German : Welt, world; see Weltanschauung + Schmerz, pain (from Middle High German smërze, from Old High German smerzo).(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)